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2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series CHI - Penguins v Blackhawks

Blackhawks overcome snow to beat Penguins

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The snow never relented, swirling at times and blowing sideways at others.

It accumulated on the rink inside Soldier Field during the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, creating quite a challenge for both teams -- as well for as the hard-working snow-removal crews.

The conditions begged for a simpler style of hockey and the Blackhawks played that way to near perfection. They even credited their back-to-basics strategy for some of the prettiest goals you'll ever see.

Blackhawks' Hossa sidelined with upper-body injury

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- First-line right wing Marian Hossa sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at Soldier Field in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Hossa, 35, was hit hard by Penguins forward Craig Adams while playing the puck behind the Pittsburgh net with 6:48 remaining in the first period. He skated slowly to the bench and remained there for the rest of the period before leaving the ice for the final time at the first intermission.

"Hossa might miss some time," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll get a better idea, probably more, on Monday, [a] pretty good idea, but we'll know more in a couple of days. But not long-term."

Toews outdoes Crosby in first regular-season game

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- It wasn't the performance Sidney Crosby envisioned against good friend Jonathan Toews in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

The first head-to-head matchup between two of hockey's top centers in a regular-season NHL game took place Saturday night in snow-globe conditions before 62,921 at Soldier Field, but it never materialized into the one-on-one battle many had anticipated.

Toews proved to be the dominant force with his first multiple-point game in almost a month to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory. He had two goals and an assist, tying outdoor records for goals and points in a game.

Crosby, who was 47 percent on faceoffs, finished with a minus-2 rating and three shots on goal in 22:02 of ice time.

Blackhawks' Hossa leaves game with injury

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa sustained an apparent upper-body injury in the first period of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday night and will not return.

Hossa, who has 24 goals and 50 points in 56 games, played 4:18 in the first. He did not have a shot on goal.

No further details of the injury were provided by the Blackhawks. Chicago held a 1-0 lead after the first period.

Toews, Crosby set to meet as rivals for first time

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews remembers watching Sidney Crosby lift the Stanley Cup in 2009 and imagining himself in a similar position.

Toews matched Crosby's feat a year later and climbed to the top of the NHL mountain a second time in 2013. He and Crosby have been two of the premier players in the League for years. They're considered two of the best captains in the NHL and have been collecting individual and team honors at various levels of hockey for the past decade.

One thing Crosby and Toews have not done is play against each other. That will change Saturday when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meet at Soldier Field in a primetime Coors Light 2014 NHL Stadium Series matchup (8 p.m. ET; NBC).

"It's kind of weird that it's taken this long," Crosby said. "I think I've been hurt for a few games, but I think just knowing that either we're going to go head-to-head or if not, I think he's a guy who's pretty competitive. That whole group of guys that I've played with for the last few weeks are pretty competitive guys and have a lot of pride, so I'm sure they'll be up for this one."

Toews treats 4-year-old at Blackhawks practice

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- When Nicholas Skretkowski showed up to Soldier Field on Friday night, the 4-year-old had his own stall inside the Chicago Blackhawks locker room.

It was located next to his favorite player, Jonathan Toews, and there was a Blackhawks uniform just his size waiting for him. His number was 19, like Toews, but his last name was written across the back of his jersey.

Then came the biggest thrill of all in his Make-A-Wish evening as a teammate of Toews. Assisted by a pass from his hockey idol, Nicholas scored a goal with a redirection into the net.

Blackhawks focused on win, not setting

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks enjoyed themselves practicing under the lights of Soldier Field on Friday night, but they will be more businesslike Saturday.

The defending Stanley Cup champions host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (8 p.m. ET; NBC), and they can't get swept up in the festive atmosphere.

Not only do the Blackhawks know the feeling of losing an outdoor game, 6-4 to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, but they need points in the midst of a tight race in the Western Conference.

"We talked about it in the locker room, [and] coming back from the Olympic break we want to start strong and finish the season well, regardless of all the stuff going on and who we're playing against," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "We don't see this team too much, but it will be a good matchup for us. We'll try to enjoy the moment as much as we can but find a way to win a game."

Penguins looking forward to Soldier Field scene

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter had the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field circled on his calendar for some time.

Sutter spent seven years in the Windy City when his father Brent Sutter played for the Blackhawks in the 1990s.

"I went to one Bears game and it was my first football game; I didn't think too much of it at the time but now looking back, it has changed so much," Brandon Sutter said Friday. "I had some great times in Chicago. I remember my dad playing and seeing the transition of the downtown area. We lived in the suburbs. I know my mom is very excited to be back, and it's great to see some old friends I haven't seen in a while."

Sutter, who turned 25 on Valentine's Day, was asked if he remembered Chicago Stadium, where the Blackhawks played their home games prior to United Center.

"Yeah, I remember I had to put cotton balls in my ears for the national anthem all the time," he said with a smile.

Penguins defenseman Martin had surgery on hand

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin had successful surgery to repair a broken hand he sustained playing for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Coach Dan Bylsma announced that news at Soldier Field in preparation for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (NBC).

"Upon further review by our doctors, they felt surgery on his hand was best for his recovery and he had that done [Thursday]," Bylsma said.

The Penguins expect the 32-year-old will need 4-6 weeks to recover.

Chicago's Plain White T's to headline entertainment for 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series

Pop/rock band to perform pre-game and during first intermission


CHICAGO – The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ match-up between the Chicago Blackhawks® and Pittsburgh Penguins® at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, March 1 will feature a line-up of performers with ties to Chicago. Pop/rock band Plain White T's and Blues Brothers tribute band, Blooze Brothers, will take the stage pre-game and during the first and second intermissions, respectively, while longtime Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison will perform the U.S. national anthem and The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band will provide accompaniment during Blackhawks and Penguins player introductions before puck drop. The game will be broadcast nationally in the U.S. on NBC at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.

Joining Cornelison for the U.S. national anthem, alongside Penguins and Blackhawks players, will be eight young players from the Admirals United Youth Hockey Club in Glen Ellyn, Ill., as part of the McDonald's In the Line-up. NHL Foundation has pledged $200 per shot on goal to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which will be presented at the conclusion of the game.

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